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Reaction was highly positive about the event, as it provided an opportunity for open dialogue and debate. Other forums will be plannedperiodically to address other environmental issues.
82004 environmental report2004 in reviewOver the past two years questions have been raised about our environmental practices in India.Three specific accusations havebeen made against our Company:Groundwater- an allegation that our local bottling plant was depleting the aquifer in Kerala by unreasonablywithdrawing groundwater;Biosolids- an allegation that the biosolids (a material composed of both organic and inorganic substances that resultsfrom waste water treatment processes) generated at our local bottling plants contained heavy metals above prescribedlimits; andPesticides- an allegation that our carbonated soft drinks contained unsafe levels of pesticide residues.We take these concerns seriously and we continuallywork to ensure that our products and practices are world class and safe.We believe that these issues are challenges that arise through working in emerging economies.In our opinion, the balance ofevidence including testing and analysis by independent laboratories and the Indian government show that the allegations againstCoca Cola have not been substantiated.We have recognized the importance of sustainable environmental and water management in India and our plans for continuousimprovement in this area are well under way.To ensure we continue on this path, further work is required to continuously improveour practices, address the challenges, and to improve relations with our partners and stakeholders.As a Company, we are stronglycommitted to making that journey.Some of our key actions in this area are outlined further below.Groundwater:Protecting and managing water resources for all uses and users is a critical challenge in India.As an industrial wateruser, we are continuously working to reduce our water use and environmental impact.Recent updates on the allegations related togroundwater depletion include:An independent study commissioned by the High Court of Kerala, found that:“Under normal rainfall conditions the planned groundwater withdrawal of 5 lakh* liters per day by [the] Coca-Cola factory will notadversely affect the availability of groundwater in the Chittur Block.However, groundwater withdrawal by the Coca-Cola factory hasto be strictly controlled in those years in which the rainfall is much less than the mean value.”Based on this assessment, the High Court of Kerala concurred and determined that the primary cause of the water shortage in thelocal Kerala area was reduced rainfall during the last several years, and that the Company has the right to withdraw and use waterfrom the local aquifer for use by its Kerala bottling plant.

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